A series of biblical readings and prayers from David L. Miller, senior pastor of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Naperville, IL. David is the former editor of The Lutheran magazine and Director of Spiritual Formation at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
They shall see the glory of theLord,
the majesty of our God.
within us a longing for home—not just the home and family we have known all our
lives but for the our true home, our ultimate home where we are surrounded and
enveloped by a Love so great that there is nothing to do or say or be.
for a Love who welcomes everything we are as we are, a Love that heals us and makes
us feel whole deep inside, a Love our hearts have always wanted and needed but
never knew how to get. We long for the home where we know the Love for which we were intended from the moment we drew
out first breath.
longing for home beats at our hearts. We can drown it out with countless activities
and pleasures, with occupations and recreations. But moments come when the
longing to know the place you a truly belong awakens. The day grows quiet. You
light a candle. You see a wedge of geese plying a cold December wind, each one
in its place, and you long for the place where Love is … and nothing else
We long to
be and know ourselves inside the Love
You will never
quite understand Christmas until you have felt this for home. Our best
novelists and writers speak of it in every generation, wondering if it can be
known or if it is only an illusion.
days, we shop and plan, prepare and wrap our packages. Amid the dash toward
Christmas, the voice of our longing might get lost.
But it is
there. It only takes a moment—a song, a star in the sky, a memory, a love lost …
or found—and it springs to life. And that’s a good thing. It awakens our hearts
to our truest humanity.
For us who
believe … and hope, these days are a journey to Bethlehem, to a manger where a
child is born, the child we say is God with us.
not grab us by the collar and demand that we kneel, obey and love him. Love
cannot be demanded. It is awakened in us when we see and feel the Everlasting
Love of God for us.
Christ child, God comes in immense Love to share our life, our joys, hopes and
pains. He comes to show us the Love who stands with us and seeks to fill us … every moment. This Love is our home. The
child is your home, the home you never knew you always wanted … and desperately
Hold him and know the Love who holds you … and
all time. He is your home. Wherever and whenever you see and feel and know the
Love he is … you are home in the Love that is meant for you, and that Love
Come to Bethlehem
and see the glory of the Lord. Come see the Love who wears a child’s face. See
the child of Bethlehem … lying there. See his mother holding him and his father
utterly confused, not knowing what to do. See the shepherds wander in, no less
them and see the Love who welcomes you … home.